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tonight on "world news," the accused. the colorado shooting suspect in court. the hair, the dazed look. eyes bulging, head dropping. is it all part of his defense. and that abc news exclusive video. what we learned about how he changed. also tonight, takedown. the unprecedented penalty against penn state, punishing coach paterno after his death. watch your wallet. a warning at the olympics against teams of pick pocketers are with brand new tricks. and the right stuff. remembers pioneering astronaut sally ride who died today.
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she proved little girls can reach for the stars too. good evening. we begin with that bizarre scene in a colorado courtroom today. james holmes, the 24-year-old suspect, appearing in court just four days after he allegedly opened fire in a movie theater. the flame red hair, the dazed look. in the front row, parents and friends of the victims, studying his face. the father-in-law of one of the victims said he looked demonic. david muir has covered this story since the first bulletin and he he is outside the courtroom. david? >> reporter: as you know, so many families want to focus on the families, the victims here. but today, a community paused to stare down a gunman.
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>> the guards on the courthouse has the suspect came in. and a woman on crutches a couple arm in arm. and james holmes, his hair still died that comic book color. and his eyes, wide open. and a stunned expression. and struggling to keep them open to stay away. >> you have a right to -- >> reporter: also, was the suspect on medication. he went from one extreme to the other. his bulging eyes and his head dropping. we asked former fbi agent brad garrett to fill us in. >> he is in a reality that he that he created. there is a combination of the reality of what happened to him has set in. what it has done to himself and the victims. >> reporter: after james holmes was in court, the prosecutor was
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asked if he was on something. >> we have no information on that. >> reporter: the other question, if they will pursue the death penalty. >> if the death penalty is sought, it's a long process that impacts their lives for years. >> reporter: saifd sanchez, said his daughter nearly escaped the theater. her husband in a coma. >> you felt your daughter needed to come. >> when it's your own daughter, and she escaped from death by just mere seconds, would say it makes you angry. >> what do you say is the punishment for this guy? >> death. >> reporter: families in california saying their hearts go out to the victims. the attorney says this about james holmes' parents, who watched their son go from this at age 18 to this. >> i think everyone can imagine how they are feeling.
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anyone who has ever been a parent. >> reporter: as the courtroom scene unfold, a family blessing. a mother and daughter shot, the 6-year-old girl not surviving. ashley moser, the turns out, was pregnant. tonight, the unborn baby survived. that family calling it a miracle tonight in a community that could sure use one, diane. >> thank you, david. i want to bring in ban abrams. we studied this tape all day, watching the scene in the courtroom. tell me about that red hair, described by terror by the survivors. whose decision would that have been to show up like this? >> certainly this. this is how he does v was arrested, what he looked like at the time. >> he could have changed it, right? >> why would he want to? he was dressed up at the scene, like the killer with a weapon. you start to think his most likely defense is a mental
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defect. why would you want to make him suddenly seem more sane? his lawyers are just getting to know him now and there is no reason to make a change. >> the process dutiers refusing to talk about medication. >> typically, a prison will give a medication if they are already taking, they absolutely need. and they certainly couldn't give him medication to look like that. he is extremely tired, he's got serious mental defect or he is faking it. and that is ultimately what a court and an injuriy have to determine. >> the first determination will do the competency to stand trial. we saw the lawyer goes over to him. an apparent conversation with him. >> they said they advised him of his rights. the first question, does he understand the proceedings? can they pursue the case against
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him? is he competent to understand that? that is a low standard. the question, can you talk to your lawyers? do you understand what is going on? and that will be the first question when it comes to his mental state. >> thaz study his mind, thank you, dan abrams. and investigators are piecing together a time line, trying to stack the story of the suspected shooter. a student and a deadly downward spiral. dan harris spent the day looking for clues about how and why he changed. dan. >> reporter: good evening to you from the crime seen, james holmes' former apartment. tonight, his astonishing metaphorasis. >> reporter: this video of james holmes at a summer science camp six years ago betrays no hint of the mayhem to come. >> his dream is to own a slurpee
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machine. >> reporter: you see glimpses of humor. >> a game of rock, paper, sciss scissors. >> reporter: and it is this james holmes, so far from the flamed-haired, dead-eyes, alleged mass murderer that people we've spoken to today remember. no one so far pointing to red flags only to his comfortable upbringing in san diego his mom a psychiatric nurse his father a manager at a software company. according to his 5th grade teacher. >> he was a top student. >> reporter: his high school friends say the same things. >> i remember him as a smart individual. >> reporter: in the fall of 2006 holmes enrolled at university of california riverside majoring in neuroscience graduating with honors. in the fall of 2011 he enrolled at university of colorado, denver for a phd. and it was here for reasons that remain unknown the trouble appears to have begun. four months ago police say holmes went on a shopping spree buying guns, ammo and explosives. on june 10th holmes sent an e-mail to campus officials saying he was dropping out no explanation.
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>> it's very unusual, very unusual, for a student withdraw from a program. >> reporter: on july 19th he bought a ticket to the midnight showing of batman and the next day the rampage. today we learned that not only was holmes receiving a frad grant for the education. but he was getting $26,000 a year in spending money. which raises the possibility that he wassing our tax dollars for weapons. >> $26,000 a year, that is the question. how did he afford the guns, the ammunition, the explosives in the booby trapped apartment? tonight, abc's pierre thomas has news on what he bought and the way that anyone can buy thousands of rounds of ammunition no questions asked. >> reporter: abc news has learned today that authorities suspect that if all had gone according to the suspect's plan, the bombs in his apartment would have blown out the walls of his
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residence and possibly burned down the entire building. this fireball was created when police disposed of only part of the death trap. list had to overcome a room of bombs and a spaghetti of wires. once finally inside, police discovered evidence of an apparent obsession with batman. among paraphernalia, according to sources: a batman mask and a batman poster. but the most curial item found, a computer. police hope it will be the key to unlocking why holmes went on his murderous rampage. but today, many are left to wonder how holmes bought $1500 worth of ammunition and s.w.a.t. gear. if i wanted to buy gear, i could go online and buy helmets. most states, it's just as easy.
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he bought 60,000 rounds on this site. i'm trying to buy ten times that amount. i am up to payment information and i haven't had to look anyone in the eye. sites like these are not required to notify authorities of such purchases. holmes was able to purchase s.w.a.t. gear identical to police. police say 408 ms was wearing one tim that was different from police but won't say what that item was. it was the eagle eyes of officers that made the arrest ending the nightmare. >> and made the difference. thank you. pierre thomas, also reporting the story four straight days. now we move on to other big news today. the unprecedented punishment against the penn state football program for failing to protect children from sexual abuse from coach jerry sandusky.
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jim avila lays out the decision by the ncaa. >> reporter: the joe paterno legacy crumbling. and punishing him in the grave. snatching back all the wins and everything since the scandal begins. the last official victory. 1987. the key witness in the downfall. adding to the sting of dropping to first in college football wins to 12th. >> they shouldn't take the wins away. >> reporter: the ncaa with a fine of $60 million. but it's the sanctions against the once-proud program that hit penn state the hardest. no high exposure bowl games for four years. stunned players will be allowed to transfer immediately would
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penalty as the formerly nittany lions are less than competitive. a wake-up call to all of college sports. >> football will never again will placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting your people. >> reporter: perhaps paying the highest price today, former players with no victories in the quarterback. now winless quarterback michael robinson telling espn by phone -- >> jerry was a sick man. just don't think our program is defined by the actions of one sick individual. >> reporter: today, university officials promise that no taxpayer money will be used to pay the $60 million fine. and that none of that money will go to waste that the other 80,000 students here will not be suffering, their education will not suffer. >> still a jolt to the program there. thank you so much, jim. and now a terrible car crash in texas.
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a pickup crash crammed with 23 people ran off the road and slammed into trees, killing at least 14 of them, among them, three children. police on the scene called it the worst traffic accident think that ever encountered. officials believe all the passengers were immigrating illegally. still ahead, take a look as thieves steal a purse. and pick pocket this unsuspecting man. a new warning about pick rocketing at the olympics and the tricks they could use on anyone any where. [ male announcer ] this is rudy. his morning starts with arthritis pain. and two pills. afternoon's overhaul starts with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back to more pills. almost done, when... hang on. stan's doctor recommended aleve. it can keep pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol.
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the purse under his coat. watch that guy in the hotel lobby. he is about to be robbed as he leans to tinker with his suitcase. his bag and his belongs disappears. here in london as the olympics get under way, the officials are bracing for tourists and thieves who prey on them. they raided this house, rent bade group of thooefs from romania. part of a crackdown. >> we know the addresses they are using. we will come through the door and if you are going in, you will be arrested. >> reporter: with more and more olympic tourists arriving each day there are more and more tashts. that guy's wallet that backpack that purse. but you don't have to be here in london to be the victim. one method that might surprise you.
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intera sheet of ice twice the size of manhattan crumbling in the ocean and sends a tsunami in the ocean. the captain guns it to avoid the wave. listen. >> wow, this is the wildest thing i have ever tried in my life. i have never been this close to dying before. >> it was a narrow escape but no one was injured. one survivor said mother nature doesn't care about anyone. and this day almost became our last. from one snowy challenge to another, look at the postcard. congresswoman gabby giffords on the top of the french al ups with her husband. she hitched a ride on a cable car and braved the sub zero temperatures to take the steps up to 12,600 feet. proof for her, there ain't no mountain high enough. coming up, someone else who
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for scientists to work on a new project, the same year that nasa started to train women in the space program. 35 for chosen and six were women. ride was chosen to go to space. prompting a flood of media coverage. >> it's an experience of a lifetime to fly in space aboard the space shuttle. i'm more excited about that opportunity than i am about that -- as you said, a footnote in history. >> reporter: sally ride ultimately took the trip twice on "the challenger" in back-to-back years. her third trip was canceled in 1986. she went on to inspire women in science. lindsey davis, abc news, new york. >> she was 61. this is what her die yogfy said.
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in an instant, even little girls learned the sky wasn't the limit. we thank you for watching. always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" will be up here later and i will see you back here tomorrow night. good night.
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ABC World News With Diane Sawyer
ABC July 23, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EDT

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